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President's Report

The President’s Message

By:  Steve McConnell

Reminder that our next meeting will be on September 4th at Camp Aldersgate.

Arkansas ASHRAE Members, it’s that time of the year where a number of things are starting back up; school, football, hunting season and ASHRAE meetings. As the Chapter is beginning its 67th year, the 2019-2020 Chapter leadership intends to continue the tradition of having one of the strongest in Region VIII and in Society. As members and a group of volunteer leaders, we are striving to promote ASHRAE’s mission “To serve humanity by advancing the arts and sciences of heating, ventilation, air conditioning, refrigeration and their allied fields.” and vision, A healthy and sustainable built environment for all.

As President, I have set a few goals for the chapter. Primarily, I want to provide value to our members and potential members in all that we do, seek Chapter growth in numbers but also in connection and community with one another. We want to create opportunities for active engagement among members and potential members. In order to meet those goals, your Board of Governors and Committee Chairs have been hard at work the past few months planning the year.  Our meetings programs and various events will be finalized in the next few months. We have taken a team approach and have 33 members serving as a chapter officer, committee chair, or committee member. I am honored to serve as President and lead this effort.  I will utilize this space to introduce you to the team.

One of the main ways we can provide value is through great programs and continuing education opportunities.  Many of our members look to ASHRAE as the primary way to network within our industry and grow in their professional development.  Our Chapter Technology Transfer Chair (CTTC)/President-Elect, Drew Grant, has been working diligently to put together a strong list of outstanding speakers and quality programs.  Some of those include: ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer (DL) Pam Duffy (our September speaker), ASHRAE DL, Dr. Stephanie Taylor (who spoke to our chapter last October), and ASHRAE Society President, Darryl Boyce. Check out the Newsletter for the full list of speakers, meeting topics, and seminar opportunities for the year.

Rounding out our Chapter officers, Cruz Eslick is serving as Treasurer and Jake Skinner is our Secretary. Our Board of Governors is made up of three past chapter presidents, Kim Koch, Bill Simpson, and Randy Moore.

Ron McCarty, who just finished his successful Presidential year, is heading up Research Promotion (RP) and planning our fundraising efforts. 

The Membership Promotion committee is led again by Jared Hendrickson along with Zach Oliver, Eric Blaylock, and Ron McCarty.

Fallon Lee is in her 2nd year as the Student Activities Chair and has an enthusiastic committee with a lot of fresh ideas to engage Higher Ed and K-12 students across the state. Daniel Nehus, Keith Clement, and Clayton Kinley are serving with her.

Russell Black is serving in his 6th year as our Historian.  Be on the lookout for some of his history articles in upcoming newsletters and a history display at one of our future meetings. 

TJ Bell is serving again as our Refrigeration Chair.  He will be working with Drew to set up a refrigeration tour or meeting. 

Tracy Emmerling is repeating as the Reception Chair serving alongside Brady Smith and Stephen Eoff.

Alex Halloran is starting his 2nd year as the YEA Chair (Young Engineers in ASHRAE), Phil Watson as Co-Chair and committee members Priscila Almeida and Hunter Brock.  If you are 35 years old or younger, you are automatically a YEA member. Alex and his team are working on some fun social events sponsored by YEA but they will be open to the entire chapter.  There will also be a PE study session, opportunities to be involved on an ASHRAE technical committee, and various opportunities to learn about ASHRAE leadership. “A primary focus of the committee will be attracting and developing YEA members for future membership and leadership in ASHRAE and the HVAC&R industry.”

Josh Robinson is our Social Chair again this year and Nick Moore and Hunter Brock are a part of his committee.  They have already been working hard to put together our Fall Golf Tournament.  As you will see in the newsletter, the date is Friday, September 27th at Country Club of Arkansas.  Check out the flyer for further details to sign up your team and/or sign up for one of the sponsorships.  If you are not interested in golf but would like to volunteer in some capacity, please reach out to them.

Clayton Kinley is serving as our new Sustainability Chair.  Chris Ahne is serving as the chair of Honors & Awards.  Josh Faulkner is serving as our Government Affairs Chair. 

Last but not least is our Electronics Communication Committee (ECC).  Hunter Brock is the Chair of the committee.  Serving with him is Andrew Naeyaert as our Webmaster and Tufail Muhammad as his co-chair.  They are in the process of updating our website, Brody Barker is our Newsletter Editor and Hunter Brock and Ryan Smith are heading up our Social Media presence.  Please check us out on Facebook, ASHRAE Arkansas. We want to use all of our electronic communication platforms to provide you and potential members with the most up to date information on all things happening in our Chapter.

Our various committees are meeting and collaborating to provide meaningful, valuable, and fun opportunities for continuing education, connecting with our surrounding community, and one another other. You will see a number of events this year outside of our monthly meetings led by a particular committee or joint effort of committees working together.  I hope to see you at our first Chapter meeting, Wednesday, September 4th, 11:30-1:00p, at Camp Aldersgate, as well as our other meetings and events throughout the year.  Bring someone with you.  If you would like to know more or looking to plug in, please reach out to me.

As I conclude, I’d like to mention our own Bill Harrison has been elevated by the ASHRAE Board of Directors to the membership grade of Fellow.  He will be recognized for this distinguished honor during a presentation at ASHRAE’s 2020 Winter Conference in Orlando during the Plenary Session on Saturday, February 1, 2020.

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Chapter Meeting Announcement

Arkansas ASHRAE Chapter Meeting

Hosted By: Arkansas ASHRAE Board of Governors

Agenda for Wednesday, September 4th:

10:30-11:30   Board of Governors' meeting
11:30-12:00   Lunch Buffet and Announcements
12:00 - 1:00  
"Promoting the HVAC Industry for a Sustainable Future" by Pam Duffy, P.E.

Program Summary:

The work we do every day plays a critical role in the future of our planet. But does the rest of the world know? If we want more people to pay attention to the work we do, we have to work together to promote our industry. The result? More qualified job candidates, faster product innovation, and better research. Most importantly, promoting the industry is good for business. Join us for a discussion on how to shape conversations to better promote the HVAC industry.  

Speaker Spotlight:

Pam Duffy, P.E. is the Owner of Spark One Solutions, LLC based in Dallas, TX – a marketing and business solutions consulting company based serving A/E/C businesses. She has a mechanical engineering degree from the University of Central Florida and is a licensed PE. She has over 10 years of experience in the HVAC industry in roles varying from mechanical design, to technical training, to marketing and sales. Now, she uses her diverse background to help A/E/C companies communicate their value to customers with marketing.

Pam serves on many boards and committees in ASHRAE. Pam was President of the Atlanta Chapter during 2013-2014, during which they won the Chapter of the Year award.  At the Society level, Pam serves on the society Communications Committee and is a member of several Technical Committees.    

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Chapter Meeting Calendar

Sign up for the Pre-Paid Lunch Plan for this years meetings and get 8 meals for the price of 7! Click Here to find the form with directions on how to submit payment for the Pre-Paid Lunch Plan or pay directly online.

Please see the Arkansas ASHRAE Calendar on the website for all other upcoming ASHRAE events.

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ASHRAE Events & Sponsorships

ASHRAE Fall Golf Tournament

Mark your calanders for the ASHRAE Fall Golf Tournament on September 27th at the Country Club of Arkansas in Maumelle. This is always a great time so get a team together and come join us!

Click Here for the registration form and sponsorship opportunities. 

RP Poker Tournament

Arkansas ASHRAE Research Promotion is hosting a Texas Hold'em Poker Tournament on October 22nd at Powers of Arkansas. We hope to see everyone there!

ASHRAE Winter Conference

Join ASHRAE this year in Orlando, Florida for the 2020 Winter Conference on Feb. 1st - 5th. Click Here to see more information about the event and how to get signed up. 

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YEA & Student Activitites

ASHRAE Kickoff Social – Hosted by YEA

Date: Thursday, September 5th

Place: Fassler Hall (311 E Capitol Ave, Little Rock, AR 72202)

Please join YEA at Fassler Hall to meet with fellow ASHRAE members and kickoff the new year. Along with outdoor games and German food we will be discussing opportunities for member involvement and upcoming YEA events. The first round of drinks will be provided by Harrison Energy Partner.

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Arkansas ASHRAE Research Promotion

By: Ron McCarty, RP Chair

Research Promotion has organized a Texas Hold'em Poker Tournament this Fall in October. Please see the flyer in the ASHRAE Events & Sponsorships section for more information. We hope to see everyone there! In the meantime you can go to ASHRAE’s website, RP Donation, to donate to RP programs including, ASHRAE Research; ASHRAE Scholarships for undergraduate students; ASHRAE Learning Institute (ALI); development of new courses & materials; Graduate Research Projects (Grants-in-Aid); Young Engineers in ASHRAE (YEA) Leadership Training; and Permanently endowed support to all of the above programs.  The ASHRAE RP campaign raises over $2.2 Million a year from over 6,000 contributors in our industry.  Arkansas and Region VIII are a major part of that success.  Again, thank you for your support in the past and this year’s campaign.

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ASHRAE Certifications

ASHRAE Certified HVAC Designer

Click Here for more information!

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